Charlotte Green’s greatest moment

September 7, 2012 at 7:02 pm (BBC, comedy, Jim D, Sheer joy, wireless)

As the nation mourns the departures of Harriet Cass and Charlotte Green from Radio 4, let us remember Ms Green’s greatest broadcasting moment, the “Abby Mann” incident, allegedly caused by fellow Today programme presenter James Naughtie describing the world’s first sound recording in the previous item as “like a bee buzzing in a bottle.” Ms Green immediately apologised to the family of Mr Mann.

I have searched in vain for a recording of Ms Green’s other – equally great – moment, the “Jack Tuat” incident (which I remember hearing at the time). If anyone can track that down, please let me know.

In the meanwhile, here’s Ms Green’s tormentor Naughtie talking about the man who’s now the health secretary:


  1. Robin Carmody said,

    Just uploaded the ‘Jack Tuat’ incident here:

  2. Jim Denham said,

    Thanks for that Robin: a true public service.

  3. Mike Killingworth said,

    Alas it doesn’t work for me.

    Thankx for the others, Jim.

  4. Roger McCarthy (@RF_McCarthy) said,

    Another reason to never listen to Radio 4 again….

    Also deeply thankful that the Jack Tuat moment has been saved for posterity.

  5. Robin Carmody said,

    Who can forget her recitation of the lyrics to “Brown Girl in the Ring”, specifically the line “plum, plum, plum”?

  6. Jim Denham said,

    I missed that: any chance of of a link?

  7. Billy said,

    Here’s a link to the Jack Tuat clip…

  8. Billy said,

    Oops, forgot the link…

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